Thursday, January 20, 2011

Spit to See the Shine

Babes in Toyland always had fantastic artwork for their albums and singles - photographs and paintings that were raw, disturbing, and occasionally tongue-in-cheek. They were never a blatantly horror-inspired band, but singer/guitarist Kat Bjelland's piercing yowls, coupled with her tattered babydoll appearance, gave their music an aura of menace that was repeatedly reinforced by their cover art.

(It is also worth noting that Kat - not Geddy Lee - is the reason I play a Rickenbacker myself.)

Artwork by Cindy Sherman

Artwork by Cindy Sherman

Robert Williams' "The Thing in the Hope Chest" was used by Babes for the cover of their 1994 compilation album Dystopia. If you're down with toddler jerky, you can buy a signed poster from the artist here!

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